In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president Danny Faure has made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet."
President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, comes from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming and whose waters are at risk from plastic pollution.
In the speech, he highlights the urgency of the situation by saying:
"This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time."
His speech was delivered during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths to map territories in the oceans which cover over two-thirds of the world's surface, but remain, for the most part, uncharted.
Seychelles was previously affected by the blistering heat of El Nino in 1997, when sea surface temperatures rose in the Indian Ocean bleaching 90% of its coral reefs. This was followed by wide spread floods which had caused significant losses with fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Climate change has become a day-to-day struggle for this tiny nation and with one of the smallest GDPs in the world, global warming has proven to be catastrophic for the island.
The IMF cites 2010 as Seychelles' "worst drought in decades," also noting that in January 2013 intense rain caused landslides in Pointe Au Sel, and in May 2007 extreme high tides spread 164 feet inland, striking roads and infrastructure. Locals are being forced to create ad hoc barriers from rocks to prevent beaches from being washed away. All because the world is not ready to believe in global warming.
In such circumstances, President Faure's speech is not just unique but a dire plea for help.